German photographer captures the Mexican architecture in all its high spirits

Architectural photography is a highly difficult forte and what remains lacking in most photograph’s work when it comes to this specialty is that even though they manage to capture the structures immaculately with all their details, they are unable to bring forth the spirit of the architecture. This is exactly why German photographer, Candida Höfer, who studied in Becher school under Bernd and Hilla Becher, is different from all the others in this field. Recently, Höfer visited Mexico on a Mexico-Germany cultural exchange program and there she came up with her yet another amazing photography series, In Mexico. The series shows Mexican architecture in all its glory in the sense of detailed craft and the escalated zeal of the culture. Höfer continued with her style statement and captured the photographs in the absence of visitors so that the architecture itself can speak of its psychology. “I realized that what people do in those places—and what the spaces do to them—is more obvious when nobody is present, just as an absent guest can often become the topic of conversation,” she says.

She has mostly covered public places in this series, from convents and hospitals to churches, and theaters. The photographer’s technical skills and artistic insights are prominently visible in every frame that she has taken. These meticulous photographs of delicately symmetrical interiors were up on display in an exhibition in New York. Check it out if you feel like discovering the phenomenal architectural world of Mexico.

“Edificio Basurto Ciudad de México I,” 2015. (© Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)
“Teatro Degollado Guadalajara I,” 2015. (© Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)
“Museo Nacional del Virreinato Tepotzotlán V,” 2015. (© Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)
“Iglesia de Santa Maria Tonantzintla I,” 2015. (© Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)
“Teatro Degollado Guadalajara I,” 2015. (© Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)
“Hospicio Cabañas Guadalajara III,” 2015. (© Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)
“Hospicio Cabañas Capilla Tolsá from Daniel Buren work in situ Guadalajara I,” 2015. (© Candida Höfer, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)

h/t: My Modern met

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